Many questioned how well the WSOP Main Event Online on GGPoker would go. After all, the Main Event normally takes place on the main stage of the Las Vegas Rio. The results are in, and the online main event is not only a success, but a record-breaking tournament.
The 2020 WSOP Main Event Online has attracted 5,802 players and a $27,559,500 prize pool. This $27.56 million prize pool beats the previous online poker tournament record, set by the 2018 Partypoker Millions Online ($21,385,000).
Main Event Picks Up Steam Late
Things weren’t looking good for the online ME at first. Only $13,155,000 in prize money was available after 15 flights in Day 1.
GGPoker guaranteed $25 million for this event, which meant that a massive overlay was threatening the tournament organizers.
However, everything turned around within the last eight flights of Day 1. Players poured their $5,000 entry fees into the pot to create the aforementioned $27.56 million prize pool.
Remaining Schedule on the WSOP Main Event Online
Day 2 of the Main Event just recently started. This tourney is set to run until September 6, at which point the final table will take place.
The winner stands to receive $3,904,686 in prize money. Meanwhile, all of the final table participants will collect at least $230,395.
These final table payouts definitely aren’t as big as those seen in years past. Nevertheless, they’re better than what many expected for an online ME.
What to Expect Moving Forward
Kahle Burns grabbed the lead after Day 1 with a chip stack of 1,387,282. Jonathan Dokler is a distant second with 1,021,967 chips.
Some notable players who’ve advanced include Dan Smith (421,653 chips), Igor Kurganov (393,881), Rainer Kempe (371,292), David Peters (357,981), Ole Schemion (318,519), Brandon Adams (303,004), and Adrian Mateos (294,227).
Phil Hellmuth is still alive as well with 108,644 chips. He’s looking to extend his record of 15 gold bracelets. However, Hellmuth has a tough task ahead of him considering his fairly small chip stack.